In my former role with Media Access Australia, I worked with VisAbility to project manage and write the contents of the Affordable Access resource. The resource was well received at the time and I was very excited when the Centre For Inclusive Design (CfID) invited me back to develop content for its recently launched refresh.
The original resource was funded by an Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) grant, focused on providing guidance on consumer-based technologies that are both affordable and contain accessibility features. As explained on the homepage of the resource:
“The Affordable Access initiative is all about providing equal access to technology for people with hearing, sight or cognitive issues or disabilities, that is both affordable and easy to use.
There are lots of great products on the market that contain accessibility features, yet it’s often hard to work out which ones are well suited and which options are best on a limited budget.
This resource has been created to help you make educated choices on options priced up to $250. You’ll find useful information on the specific accessibility features that are in popular devices such as tablets, smartphones, desktop computers, TV media players and assistive technologies that provide the best deals for the average user on a budget.
The options presented on this website include commonly used everyday products plus additional options for those who are more tech savvy.”
At the beginning of the year the CfID contacted me regarding their interest in wanting to update the website which was now several years out of date, and it was a great privilege to be asked to return to the project to support CfID in the refresh. With new content and a design overhaul, the resource again provides up-to-date information across what’s accessible, what’s available, what’s suitable and what’s possible.
Many thanks to CfID for the opportunity to be involved in updating the Affordable Access resource. The resource is located at www.affordableaccess.com.au.